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Barbara A. Zemlock

Of Counsel

Ms. Zemlock, of counsel to the firm, currently focuses her practice on appellate and post-conviction proceedings, and professional licensure matters.  Ms. Zemlock has represented businesses and individuals at both the federal and state level, at all stages and in all types of government investigations, including grand jury investigations. Ms. Zemlock has represented individuals and companies indicted for, charged with, or accused of computer crimes; environmental crimes; tax-related crimes; fraud; drug offenses; sex offenses; homicide; assault; theft; money laundering; racekteering and various other types of crimes. Ms. Zemlock has defended individuals and businesses prosecuted by the United States Attorney’s Office, the State Attorney General’s Office and District Attorney’s Offices throughout the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. Ms. Zemlock has argued cases on appeal before all Pennsylvania state appellate courts, including the Pennsylvania Supreme Court.

Ms. Zemlock is a former Chief Deputy Public Defender of the Dauphin County Public Defenders Office, where she represented individuals charged with a multitude of crimes. Ms. Zemlock has also tried cases involving complex scientific principles and expert testimony, including DNA. Ms. Zemlock’s trial experience includes capital cases. Ms. Zemlock was also the Chief Deputy Public Defender in charge of appeals.

Ms. Zemlock is a past President of the Pennsylvania Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (2011-2013). Currently, Ms. Zemlock is co-chair of PACDL’s Amicus Committee.  She is also the recipient of PACDL’s Charles P. Gelso President’s Award.


  • Former Adjunct Professor at the Widener School of Law–Trial Methods
  • Former Board Member for the Minor Judiciary Education Board
  • Former Hearing Committee Member serving The Disciplinary Board of the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania
  • Served on Advisory Committee on Indigent Defense to the Pennsylvania General Assembly Joint State Government Commission, Member.

Areas of Practice

  • State Court Appeals and Post Conviction Proceedings
  • Professional Licensure cases

Bar Admissions

  • Pennsylvania, 1990
  • U.S. District Court Middle District of Pennsylvania
  • U.S. District Court Western District of Pennsylvania
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 3rd Circuit
  • U.S. Supreme Court


  • The Dickinson School of Law, Carlisle, Pennsylvania
    J.D. – 1990
    Honors: Order of the Barristers
    Honors: Member, Appellate Moot Court Board
    Honors: Member, National Trial Moot Court Team
  • Wilson College, Chambersburg, Pennsylvania
    B.S. magna cum laude – 1987
    Honors: 1986 and 1987 Academic All American


  • Co-Presenter, “Impact of Criminal Convictions on Professional Licenses,” Pennsylvania Bar Institute’s 29th Annual Criminal Law Symposium, 2012
  • Panelist, “Influence, Power and Strategic Communication in Negotiations, The Courtroom, The Office and Beyond,” PBA Commission on Women in the Profession 2011 Mid-Year, Meeting, Pennsylvania Bar Institute, Mechanicsburg, PA, 2011
  • Presenter, “Criminal Law Update,” State Law Presentation, Pennsylvania Bar Institute, Mechanicsburg, PA, 2010
  • Co-Presenter (co-presented with Paula G. Sanders, Esq.), “Be Prepared for Government Investigations,” AAHSA Annual Meeting and Exposition, Los Angeles, CA, 2010
  • Presenter, “For the Experienced,” and “Advanced Jury Trial Advocacy Skills: Overcoming the Prosecution Forensic Expert,” Pennsylvania Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, Gettysburg, PA, 2010
  • Presenter, “Criminal Law Update,” State Law Presentation, Pennsylvania Bar Institute, Mechanicsburg, PA, 2009
  • Presenter, “What to Do When the Investigator Knocks,” Health Care Compliance Association, Las Vegas, NV, 2009
  • Co-Presenter (with Paula G. Sanders, Esq.), “New DPW Appeals Rules Impact All Licensed MR Agencies – What You Need to Know Before Filing an Appeal,” PAR Solutions Conference, Harrisburg, PA, October 29, 2008
  • Panelist, “Grappling with GRAPP: Using the Administrative Practice and Procedure Rules to Your Advantage,” Pennsylvania Bar Institute, Harrisburg, PA, 2008
  • Co-Presenter (with Paula G. Sanders, Esq.), “MARs, Tars, and BARs: Lessons of Failure, Strategies for Success,” Health Care Compliance Association, New Orleans, LA, 2008
  • Presenter, “Pardon Me? I’m Not a Criminal! (Strategies for Easing Criminal Convictions),” PACDL Criminal Defense Resource Center Law Colloquia, Harrisburg, PA, 2007
  • Presenter, “Defending and Prosecuting Construction Claims: From *Qui Tam’ Actions to Recovery of Affirmative Claims on Federal Projects,” 21st Construction Superconference, San Francisco, CA, 2006
  • Presenter, “Recent Trends Involving the Law of Arrest, Search and Seizure in Pennsylvania,” Lorman Seminar, Harrisburg, PA, 2006
  • Presenter, “Making Effective Objections,” 23rd Annual Criminal Law Symposium, Pennsylvania Bar Institute, Harrisburg, PA, 2006

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Pennsylvania Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (Past President)
  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Pennsylvania Bar Association
  • Dauphin County Bar Association
  • William J. Lipsitt Inn of Court

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